Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lake Superior Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes @LucyBurdette #recipe

LUCY BURDETTE:  We had two big family reunions this summer. My side of the family gathered on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a town called Grand Marais, which is on the edge of Lake Superior. What gorgeous country! It was lots of fun, although the cousins who live there reported that they have difficult winters with many, many feet of snow.  (I'll stick with Key West.)

One morning a few of us went to a diner where my sister ordered blueberry buckwheat pancakes. My vegetable frittata was quite delicious, but her pancakes lodged firmly in my mind. I encouraged everyone to return to the West Bay Diner the next day before we took our plane home. This time we realized that Ellen Airgood, the owner/chef of this cute diner, is also an author! 

We had a great time chatting with her and I am now reading and enjoying her book called South of Superior. (She also has written several YA books and will have another women's fiction novel out next year.)

You can imagine that once I got home I had to try making the blueberry buckwheat pancakes. Here was my attempt at Ellen Airgood's Lake Superior Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes.


-3/4 cup buckwheat flour
-3/4 cup all purpose flour
-1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (low-sodium is fine!)
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1 and ¾ cup milk, with 1 tablespoon cider vinegar stirred in
-1 tablespoon sugar
-2 large eggs
-2 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 cup blueberries

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. In another bowl, beat together the milk, eggs, and melted butter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing only enough to combine them. Stir in the berries.

Preheat a large griddle or skillet over a medium flame and add a tablespoon or so each of butter and canola oil. Ladle the batter onto the skillet. Flip the pancakes when bubbles have formed on top. Cook the other side until golden brown. Keep the first pancakes warm in a low oven while you make the rest. 

Serve with a big dollop of whole milk yogurt and real maple syrup.

And here are a few more pictures of Lake Superior...

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 17 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, A Deadly Feast (Crooked Lane Books, May 2019.)  Read more at You can also find Lucy on Facebook and Instagram. And please follow her on Bookbub too!


  1. My sister lives up there. My nieces too. Ashland and a little town near lake superior. I'll have to look up Ellen Airgood too. Love your books.

    1. Thanks Donamae--it's such pretty country. I bet you'll enjoy Ellen's setting!

  2. I went to Northern Michigan University for my freshman year - beautiful but so very cold!

    1. It was sure nice when we were there in July, but I couldn't bear those winters!

  3. The photos are very tempting, but. like you, I have no interest in the winters!
    Funny story about buckwheat pancakes--A group of us (many years ago) went to IHOP and I thought I'd get their buckwheat pancakes. When they arrived I found them inedible! They tasted like ground up dog kibble.